ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s comptroller is denouncing a measure that would take regulatory powers over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline away from his office.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, said Wednesday the measure is an example of “the very darkest motivations of the Annapolis machine.”READ MORE: Baltimore Fifth Grader Wins National Competition Asking Contestants To Give Economic Advice To President Joe Biden
Although Franchot is a Democrat, he has been at odds with the Democratic leadership that controls the General Assembly.
He says the legislation is “petty retribution” for his support of craft brewers and small businesses.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Shot In South Baltimore Thursday Afternoon, Police Say; 4th Child Shot In City In Past Week
He also has often supported Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on the Board of Public Works, whose other member is Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
Kopp, who is elected by the legislature to the board, says governments often look at reorganizing responsibilities.
She says she doesn’t think it helps the discussion to call peoples’ motivations into question.MORE NEWS: LifeBridge Health Administers Its First J&J COVID Vaccines Thursday